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Past Events

BESST’s  regular event programme covers a variety of environmental topics including Waste, Resource Efficiency, Energy and Legislation. The events create opportunities for members to network and share best practice. Find out what happened at past events on the links below… 

Back 2 Basics – 10 April 2019 

Our annual B2B event heard from winners BESST’s 2018 Sustainable Business Awards on how they achieved these, and also had the launch of our 2019 awards and the Marches Blue Business Award Event overview – 10 April 2019


‘Let’s Talk Rubbish’ – 19 September 2018 

Hosted at Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, our annual legislation event was given a focus on dealing with the issues of waste plastic and potential solutions to some of these problems.   Event overview – 19 Sept 2018


Corporate Biodiversity – 5 June 2018

BESST’s annual biodiversity event was held on World Environment Day at Ironbridge Gorge Museum. Nest boxes, bat boxes and goosander habitat were installed on site. Event overview – 5 June 2018

Annual Back to Basics Event – 18 April 2018

2017 BESST award winners presented their journey of achievements to BESST members. Event overview – 18 April 2018

Reputation Management Workshop – March 2018 

Our first workshop of 2018 was about dealing with Issues and Crisis Communications and also considering ‘What your business will look like in 2043?’  Event overview – 8 March 2018

BESST Annual Awards – November 2017 

Our 3rd annual awards was held at the Park House Hotel in Shifnal, and saw awards given out for Carbon & Energy Management, Unsung Sustainability Heroes and Natural Capital Enhancement. BESST 2017 Annual Awards – 22112017

Legislation Event,  Best Western Valley Hotel- 12 September 2017 

Focusing on business issues, this event saw the Environment Agency hold a short workshop on business issue scenarios with delegates problem solving and giving feedback at the meeting. On behalf of Telford Business Board, Andy Whyle hosted a round table discussion with guests about issues they may face. This information will be fed back to the Marches LEP for their consideration with their Strategic Economic Priorities.  Event overview – Legislation


3R’s Workshop – The Greenwood Centre, 12 July 2017

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:  Called the 3R’s, these all help to cut down on the waste we throw away and can contribute to conservation of natural resources, reduction of landfill space and energy.  3R’s workshop 120717 – Event Overview      

Biodiversity Event – The Wrekin, 30 June 2017

BESST joined with Glen Bishton and Shropshire Wildlife Trust in the Wrekin Forest to install more nestboxes specifically targeted for the endangered Pied Flycatcher species.  Event overview – 30 June 2017

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Back-2-Basics Event – April 2017

Our annual Back to Basics event was hosted by Ricoh Products UK Ltd. Mark Simmons Vice-Chair of BESST introduced the presenters from 2016 BESST Award Winners Lyreco & Emerald Trading andWorcestershire Council (BEEP Programme).  Andy Whyle also updated delegates on the Right Waste, Right Place campaign  Back-2-Basics, April 2017 Event overview

Duty of Care / Right Waste Right Place Workshop – March 2017


The code of Practice applies to you if you produce, carry, keep, dispose of, treat, import or have control of waste in England or Wales. The law requires anyone dealing with waste to keep it safe, make sure it’s dealt with responsibly and only given to businesses authorised to take it.  During the BESST workshop we heard from Lydon Essex & Steve Cawthorne of the Environment Agency about what Duty of Care applies to & who it does and doesn’t apply, how long your Duty of Care lasts and how to prevent an environmental breech or breech of a permit condition. Event overview 01032017

BESST & Blue Business Awards – November 2016

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Our now Annual Awards in conjunction with Shropshire Wildlife Trust, took place at The Best Western Valley Hotel in Ironbridge. The quality of entrants was again very high and BESST took the decision to award 3 winners and the Blue Business awards again gave 2 awards.  read event overview

Annual Legislation Event – September 2016

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September’s Legislation event heard from the Environment Agency on  Duty of Care and the Right Waste Right Place Campaign which BESST have now become Ambassadors for. Roy Smith of DSC Ltd presented on DSEAR and gave practical demonstrations on how easily chemicals can create explosions if stored incorrectly. read event overview


Annual Biodiversity Event – June 2016

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Our annual Biodversity event was sponsored by Saint Gobain and held at their Ketley site.  The focus was on how BESST members are continuing to improve their Biodiversity offer, and also how businesses can engage with corporate programmes such as Telford Green Heroes to improve employees health & wellbeing.  read Biodiversity event overview

Back-2-Basics – May 2016


This was our annual resource efficiency event and heard from speakers about how to get support with energy efficiency, potential grant funding and an update on plastics recycling. read event overview


Environmental Technologies / Business Expo – February 2016


Our first event of 2016 heard from speakers about the West Midlands Combined Authority and Telford Business Board. These were followed up by hearing from AceOn about Environmental Technologies and Andy Whyle presented on proposals to develop an Environmental Centre of Excellence in the local area. read event overview


1st Annual Awards Breakfast Event – November 2015

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Held at Best Western Valley Hotel in Ironbridge, our final event of 2015 saw the launch of the Marches Local Nature Partnership Prospectus. The audience heard from the Environment Agency on Love Your Rivers (Telford) and saw the inaugural Blue Business Award & BESST Most Sustainable Business Awards being presented.  read event overview

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Legislation Update Event – September 2015

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BESST took it’s Legislation Update event to Woote in September. Woote provide the latest in simulation training facilities – and is one of Telford’s newest conference centres. This event heard from speakers about Workplace Wellbeing, the Environment Agency covered a number of topics including Duty of Care & Packaging, ESP covered further changes to ISO14001 and the new BESST website was revealed. read event overview


Annual Biodiversity Event – June 2015

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Hosted by Ricoh, this was our annual Biodiversity event and covered topics such as Water Quality, BESST Members Corporate biodiversity projects and the launch of the Blue Business & BESST Sustainability Awards read event overview

Environment Agency – Electric Fishing Demo – May 2015

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On May 15 2015 BESST held a water quality awareness event with the Environment Agency (EA). In partnership with the EA, BESST is working towards the Water Framework Directive’s future legislation on water quality. One of the targets of the directive is to reduce surface water pollution from industrial sites, so understanding water quality and our effects on it will be useful to many BESST members. Read event overview


Back-2-Basics Event – April 2015

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Speakers at our annual Back 2 Basics event which was sponsored by Emerald Trading were from Emerald Trading, Waterwide, Ricoh and Stadco covering topics ranging from waste segregation to workplace legionella. Read event overview


Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust – Tree Planting Days – March 2015

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This event was held in response to a request from the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust to rectify some of their business issues, utilising BESST’s knowledge and linksRead event overview


BESST/metnet/IoD – Environmental Technologies – Feb 2105

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Our first event of 2105 saw speakers from Shropshire Wildlife Trust, E-ON, National Grid & McKenzie Law talk to delegates and were followed by our keynote speaker Amy Fetzer, author of Climb The Green Ladder.

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Legislation / Communicating in a Crisis Event – November 2015

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With imminent changes to ISO14001 due in 2015, BESST’s most recent breakfast meeting provided a speaker to cover this topic and give delegates an insight into what they may need to consider to help meet this revised standard.  Also presenting at this event were Zen Communications who delivered a presentation on Crisis/Reputation Management. Read event overview


Annual Legislation Event – September 2014

Paul Keay, (EA), Gareth Billinghurst, (Cedrec), Paul Nelms, (BESST), Richard Davies, (Cedrec), Tony Higgins (Telford & Wrekin)

Our annual Legislation Update was held in conjunction with the Environment Agency and took place at the Telford Campus of the University of Wolverhampton. Paul Hayward (BESST Steering Group) arranged for Environment Agency colleagues to provide their annual update on the legislation applicable to BESST members, with a focus on Duty of Care to helping them to remain compliant. Read event overview


BESST Annual Biodiversity Event- July 2014

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With the increasing loss of biodiversity, there is an increase in risk for both society and business. However, the risk of reducing concerns about biodiversity would mean ignoring the considerable business opportunities that it offers. The goal of a business case for biodiversity is both to conserve and to increase the economic success of the company, and can be achieved through targeted, biodiversity conservation measure   Read event overview


Best Practice Visit – Saint Gobain, July 2014






As part of sharing best practice, Saint Gobain opened its doors to 21 BESST members for a tour of their corporate biodiversity achievements and activities at their Ketley site. read event overview


Focusing on Your Bottom Line – April 2014

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Every business has different overhead costs but each has utility supplies. This BESST breakfast meeting heard from Energy Savings Experts, about new technology which will transform how electricity is utilised in the future, how companies can challenge surface water charges and Telford & Wrekin Council’s recently launched Switch & Save programme. Read event overview


BESST/metnet joint annual event – February 2014

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Each year, BESST & metnet hold an annual joint event, and this years was headed up by keynote speaker Peter Braithwate, who spoke about his role as Head of Sustainability for London 2012 Olympics.  All presentations from each speaker at this event are below: Read event overview Feb 2014

Biodiversity Event – Ricoh, September 2013


Biodiversity is now an annual BESST event, with more members becoming involved with this theme.  Held at Ricoh, and chaired by Andy Whyle, delegates heard from 4 BESST members have produced excellent case studies on Biodiversity, along with keynote speakers from Shropshire Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency  read event overview


 Legislation Event – Denso, July 2013

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This year’s annual Legislation Update in conjunction with the Environment Agency was held at DENSO.  BESST Steering Group member Paul Hayward and his Environment Agency colleagues provided their annual update on the legislation applicable to BESST members, helping them to remain compliant.  Read event overview


Back 2 Basics Event – Best Western Valley, Ironbridge, May 2013 

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One of our breakfast meetings in 2013, was to remind businesses to not forget the small changes or Quick Wins that can expedite results and cost savings and help them start their sustainability journey.  Read event overview

Business Resilience to Severe Weather – April 2013

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A workshop in conjunction with BESST / Sustainability West Midlands / Climate East Midlands and the Environment Agency took place at the University of Wolverhampton. This event was to help businesses understand how they could increase their resilience to severe weather  Read event overview


Creating A Sustainable Future in 2013 – February Breakfast Event

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Keynote speaker:  Jae Mather, Director of  Sustainability, The Carbon Free Group gave a visionary presentation entitled “Is Sustainability still an option or is it now a necessity?”


Best Practise Visit – Tudor Griffiths, November 2012


Following on from the September Biodiversity event held at Ricoh, a best practise visit was made to Tudor Griffiths Group who work closely with Shropshire Wildlife Trust and have established a nature reserve on part of the restored quarry.


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Environmental Legislation Update & BESST Annual Review – June 2012

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This BESST Event was focussed on an Environmental Legislation updated and followed by a best practice presentation on how to Develop & Maintain a Legal Register for Compliance. An Annual Review of BESST was given by Andy Whyle which covered member awards, case studies and best practice (among much more)


BESST / TBP / SCE Joint Event – April 2012

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TBP gave it’s Annual Review at this event for local businesses and guests heard Richard Partington, MD of Telford & Wrekin Council  update businesses on his plans to work with local businesses. Each Chair of the networks who attended this event, gave an overview of their network and future plans they have for it, which resulted in some members joining other networks, including BESST. Read Event Overview


Improve Your Bottom Line through Resource Efficiency – February 2012

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The focus of this event was how to reduce costs through resource efficiency. Saving energy has proven to be an easy way for businesses to reduce costs and a joint event with BESST and Metnet saw keynote speaker Peter Jones OBE addressing 85 local business people and event overview


Energy Management Event – November 2011

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Managing energy consumption is becoming increasingly important, it can help to reduce energy costs, reduce carbon emissions and improve your reputation. BESST’s energy management event had presentations on the Re:Think energy scheme, the energy management system ISO 50 001, a case study of using it and business resilience in the face of climate change.  read event overview


Anaerobic Digestion Best Practice Event – October 2011


BESST members went to Harper Adams University College to look at the new Anaerobic Digestion plant. They were told about the development of the plant, the benefits to the university and the food collection rounds that Harper Adams are offering in conjunction with Cartwrights waste disposal services.

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Biodiversity Event – September 2011

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This was BESST’s first event on biodiversity, in partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust. The aim of the event was to show how biodiversity can fit into business giving an opportunity to demonstrate their contribution to the local community.It included an introduction from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, case studies of local business examples and a tour of DENSO’s ecogarden. read event overview

Download the Shropshire Wildlife Trust Pond Creation Guide


Solar Power at Jones & Hampton – June 2011


Local building business Jones & Hampton Ltd have added to their environmental credentials by installing a photovoltaic system on their factory roof in Halesfield. There have been 2 best practice visits to Jones & Hampton one on 17th June with 4 BESST members and then 20th June from Ricoh. The events consisted of a presentation on the PV system, a viewing of the solar panels and a look at the electricity production. read event overview


Legislation Update Event June 2011


With legislation constantly changing we have invited the Environment Agency to update BESST members on new and upcoming legislation. The focus for the event was pollution prevention specifically focusing on fire control. Roy Smith from Denios specialists in pollution control products based in Newport provided a practical demonstration on pollution prevention and its importance in the workplace. Roy has years of experience in pollution prevention regularly presenting for IOSH and Health and Safety exhibitions.  read event overview


BESST And NISP: Quick Wins Workshop May 2011

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Following on from the success of the Zero Waste to Landfill events in Stafford Park, Hortonwood and Halesfield; NISP and BESST are providing a final event finding possible matches to identified waste streams within your business. The day started with a range of presentations that introduced the workshop followed by some case studies from local businesses such as DENSO, Harper Adams, ICR and the Ministry Of Justice. read event overview


Marches Environmental Technologies Exhibition February 2011

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Many leading businesses are looking forward and past the recession. One challenge facing such businesses is resource security. Metnet ( and BESST partner to bring companies together to address this issue. Exhibitors involved in renewable technologies and environmental solutions from across the Marches region showcased their ideas and services. rob Holdway from Giraffe Innovation provided the keynote speech on renewable technologies and eco-design and it’s role in resource security. Whittingham Riddell provided an in depth knowledge on the financial implications of a renewable technology project.


Halesfield: Zero Waste to Landfill – January 2011

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With increasing landfill taxes and other rising charges on waste, companies are moving towards becoming zero waste organisations. The National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) provided an introduction to ways to improve your waste streams and ultimately reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill. Epwin Group (Stafford Park) presented a case study of best practice. The company achieved great success through segregation, reduction and effective waste management techniques.


Hortonwood: Zero Waste To Landfill December 2010

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With increasing landfill taxes and other rising charges on waste, companies are moving towards becoming zero waste organisations. The National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) provided an introduction to ways to improve your waste streams and ultimately reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill. Epson provided a case study of their achievements to date, including the various waste streams and the solutions found. Epwin Group based in Stafford Park presented a case study of best practice. The company has achieved great success through segregation, reduction and effective waste management techniques.


Stafford Park: Zero Waste to Landfill October 2010

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With increasing landfill taxes and other rising charges on waste, companies are moving towards becoming zero waste organisations. The National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) provided an introduction to ways to improve your waste streams and ultimately reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill. Epwin Group based in Stafford Park presented a case study of best practice. The company has achieved great success through segregation, reduction and effective waste management techniques.


Green Office – July 2010

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With Shropshire having a strong service sector it significantly contributes to the 13 million tonnes of commercial waste produced by the industry each year. The workshop provided delegates with the tools to streamline office process and reduce waste. Lyreco provided information on green products and their awareness campaign. Lanyon Bowdler also discussed the gold standard of the green achiever award with E4environment.     read event overview


Legislation Update – June 2010

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With new legislation arriving in April this year BESST teamed up with the Environment Agency and Telford and Wrekin Councils permitting team to deliver the years legislation update. The event focused on the new permitting regulations which had under gone extensive changes this year. Groundworks also provided an introduction to spill kit training to address the growing need for on site spill kit competence. read event overview


Environmental Business Support Services – January 2010

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There are a number of environmentally focused business support services out there and it’s difficult to know who can deliver what service for your business. The event allowed each of the business support providers to deliver to the audience of companies what they can offer. Support services attending included Business Link, Re: Think Energy, NISP, WRAP, Smarter Working Project and Envirowise. read event overview


Getting Wise About Water – Water Efficiency November 2009

Scott Charlton BESST Co-ordinator, Tim Robins Envirowise and Andy Whyle BESST Chair (Ricoh)

Water may be costing your business more than you think. Few businesses identify water as a raw material that is paid for twice – to receive it and to take away the waste. Simple actions can lead to substantial savings that go straight to your company’s bottom line. This event was supported by envirowise and showcased the success of Lyreco’s water audit that took place earlier in the year. read event overview


DENSO Water Audit – October 2009


Many organisations have had their focus on reducing high energy and waste disposal costs. However, through managing water efficiently there are good  opportunities for all businesses to make improvements and see the results on their bottom line.

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Packaging – Legislation and Resource Efficiency, September 2009


With current legislation and a strong focus in the media, packaging is becoming an increasingly important issue to all businesses and is costing a lot of money each year. This event was supported by Envirowise and looked at the main issues surrounding packaging, the key areas to think about and the legal obligations of businesses

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Ensuring Legislative Compliance – Pollution Prevention, June 2009


Environmental legislation is increasing year on year and there is more responsibility and pressures on businesses to reduce and understand their environmental impacts. This event focussed on a practical overview of environmental legislation looking at examples and case studies of areas of best…and worst practice!

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Change Management – Staff Engagement, April 2009

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Whilst many businesses recognise the benefits of devising strategies for reducing waste and becoming more resource efficient, difficulties can often arise during the implementation phase of these strategies. This event looked at some of the issues companies face, and top tips to overcome these. BESST_Top_Tips


Lyreco Water Audit, April 2009

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Water may be costing your business more than you think. Few businesses identify water as a raw material that is paid for twice – to receive it and to take away the waste. Simple actions can lead to substantial savings that go straight to your company’s bottom line. Working with Envirowise, BESST co-ordinated and organised for a water specialist to complete a Water Audit covering the whole of the Lyreco site; including Office, Warehouse, and outside areas. The aim of this process is to highlight areas of good practice and identify areas for financial savings and improvement.

Lyreco Case Study – Water Efficiency


Opportunities to Help Your Business Beat the Economic Downturn through Environmental Improvements, March 2009

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Within the current economic climate every £ counts and understanding your impact on the environment and taking action on it can significantly benefit your business. In addition, while looking at resource efficiency, every business is obliged to meet legal requirements designed to protect the environment.

For some businesses fear of prosecution may be the main reason that they consider environmental issues. This event had three main speakers, looking at resource efficiency, legislation and a local case study; followed by an interactive workshop for delegates and sharing of best practice.


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